The St. Tammany Parish Zoning Commission approved I-1 Industrial rezoning on a parcel of land on the south side of U.S. 190 in Lacombe at its December meeting.

The rezoning was requested by Kelly Williams, who wants to purchase the land (located north of Susan Street) and establish what his attorney, Jeff Schoen, referred to as a “boutique body shop,” specializing in the restoration of classic and antique automobiles, doing business as Inferno Customz.

The rezoning was required because the land’s present NC-4 Institutional District zoning does not allow the planned activities.

Schoen told the panel that Williams plans several amenities that nearby neighbors agree would make the activity acceptable, including a 20-foot green buffer at the rear of the property where it abuts a residential area, and an 8-foot-high solid fence surrounding the entire parcel.

Schoen also said all activities would be conducted in enclosed areas, with no outdoor storage.

With little discussion, Williams’ request was approved on a vote of 9-1, with Commissioner Todd Richard voting no and Wendell Richardson absent.

In the only denial of the evening, commissioners refused to approve a request by Jimmy R. Rogers Jr. and Denise Hurstell to rezone 3.1 acres on the northeast corner of Dove Park Road and Buras Ranch Road from A-1A to A-2 Suburban District.

The request would have allowed the petitioners to divide the parcel into three 1-acre lots, but a parade of nearby landowners protested the request, saying the rezoning would not be compatible with that of the surrounding parcels.

Despite Hurstell’s argument that the resulting zoning would be similar to the actual land use of other parcels in the area, commissioners voted 8-2 to deny it, with only Commissioners Jimmie Davis and Ronald Randolph voting to approve it.